Rogers appointed High Performance coach

Former Test opener to take the reins at Bupa National Cricket Centre mentoring the country's best young talent

Cricket Network

14 March 2018, 10:44 AM

Former Australia Test opener Chris Rogers has joined Cricket Australia's High Performance team as a full-time coach to develop future stars.

The left-hander who forged a successful partnership with David Warner across 25 Tests will relocate to Brisbane to be based at the Bupa National Cricket Centre, tasked with helping to develop the country's next generation of stars.

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Rogers will lead the batting component of CA's specialist skills program, and will be reunited with Ashes-winning teammate Ryan Harris who is also employed as a high performance coach.

His first assignment will be working with the National Performance Squad, the three-month winter academy program for emerging cricketers held annually in Brisbane.

Rogers brings a wealth of cricket experience to the role. The 40-year-old Ashes winner forged a successful first-class career in both Australia and England that spanned 18 years and 313 matches, yielding 25,470 runs at 49.55.

He played 25 Tests for Australia, scoring 2015 runs with five Test centuries and finished with an average of 42.87, bowing out of Test cricket at The Oval in 2015.

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Rogers has since been involved in various part-time coaching roles with CA, most recently as Australia's assistant coach at Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand.

He had been an assistant with the CA XI teams during England's Magellan Ashes tour last summer – working with Tim Paine ahead of the wicketkeeper's shock recall to the Australia Test team – and has held various roles at the under-19 level.

Rogers has also worked in the English county system as a batting coach and player mentor for Somerset last year.

"We're excited to have Chris on board, and know he will be an outstanding addition to our coaching team," said CA's Team Performance executive general manager Pat Howard.

"Chris brings thoughtfulness, persistence and passion to the role and combines this with a strong intellect. He has a wealth of cricket experience that will be invaluable to the players he will be working with. He enjoyed a successful career at both international and first-class level, succeeding in Australia and overseas.

"From a coaching perspective, Chris has already been involved in roles with Cricket Australia's pathways program.

"We're looking forward to having Chris work with Australia's next generation and watching him develop as a coach. We are confident he can have a big impact in moulding our rising stars into future international cricketers."

Rogers replaces another ex-Test opener in Matthew Elliott in the job. He will start his new role in May and is contracted through until mid-2020.